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It is essential, though, to end with a waltz, and what better than a duet from Lehár's Merry Widow? The two singers, with light and agile voices, have all the charm and panache to make of it a delectable experience [listen -- track 9, 2:37-3:26]. There is so rare a sense of well-being throughout the disc one is tempted to forbid any young conductor from raising a baton in public until he is complete master of this Second Viennese School and its idiom. Peter Guth and his Bruckner players (dear old Anton must be whirling in ecstatic if uncharacteristic 3/4 gyrations along some heavenly bypath) have a eupeptic verve and rhythmic subtlety that are irresistible. Music for an hour is indeed music again, and never more so than by the Blue Danube.

Copyright © 28 August 2004 Robert Anderson, London UK


The Essence of Viennese Music - opera, operetta and dance ...

SACD255 SACD Stereo/Multichannel hybrid NEW RELEASE 73'31" 2004 Chesky Records

Edith Lienbacher, soprano; Herbert Lippert, tenor; Peter Guth, violin; Stefan Tittgen, cello; Bruckner Orchester Linz; Peter Guth, conductor

Johann Strauss Jr (1825-1899): Unter Donner und Blitz, Polka schnell Op 324; Das eine kann ich nicht verzeih'n - duet from Wiener Blut; Johann Strauss Sr (1804-1849): Radetzky-Marsch Op 228; Johann Strauss Jr arr Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Sei mir gegrüßt du holdes Venetia - The Duke's Aria from Eine Nacht in Venedig; W A Mozart (1756-1791): Deh vieni non tardar - Susanna's Aria from Le nozze di Figaro; Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön - Tamino's Aria from Die Zauberflöte; Franz Lehár (1870-1948): Vilja Lied from Die lustige Witwe; Johann Strauss Sr: Overture from Die Fledermaus; Franz Lehár: Lippen schweigen - Duet from Die lustige Witwe; Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Entr'acte Musik No 2 from Rosamunde; Licht senkt es sich vom Himmel nieder from Das Dreimäderlhaus; Johann Strauss Jr: Mein Herr Marquis, Adele's Couplet from Die Fledermaus; Franz Lehár: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz from Das Land des Lächelns; Johann Strauss Jr: An der schönen blauen Donau, Waltzer Op 314


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